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Wayne County Special Olympics Takes Home State Medals!

Wayne County Special Olympics competed at the state competition for Aquatics and Bowling June 3-5th in the Raleigh/Cary area. The group participated in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 3rd at the Walnut Creek Music Pavilion. Our athletes and unified partners did a great job competing with other athletes across the state, and listed below are their accomplishments:


Michael Hempel, Jr.

25Y Backstroke- Participation Ribbon

50Y Freestyle- Participation Ribbon

25y Freestyle- Participation Ribbon

Jesse Martinez

50Y Backstroke- Participation Ribbon

50Y Butterfly- Participation Ribbon

50Y Freestyle- Gold Medal

Christopher Hunter Summerlin

25Y Backstroke- Silver Medal

25 Y Freestyle- Gold Medal


Frank Dunn

Bowling Singles- Gold Medal

Unified Doubles

“Chilli Peppers”- Gold Medal

Johnathan Delano

Emani McDuffie (Unified Partner)

“Pin Pals”- Silver Medal

Tyler Edmundson

Sharon Edmundson (Unified Partner)

“Beauty and the Beast”- Bronze

Alan Jenkins

Emily Crawford (Unified Partner)

“Wrecking Balls”- Silver

Ryan Hood

Jacob Pulley (Unified Partner)

Unified Teams

“5 Guys and Some Pins”- Silver

John Foster

Joseph Jones

Lionel Martin

Larry McRoy

Brian Hilliard (Unified Partner)

“Strike Eagles”- Bronze

Rhonda Barwick

Paul Edwards

Charles Nail

John “Jay” Zambelli

Matthew Fordham- Crawford (Unified Partner)

“Strike Angels”- Silver

Veronica Cutler

Heather Pardue

Melissa Stanford

Erica Walderman

Angela Hilliard (Unified Partner)

“Bombers”- Gold

Robert Benson

Felipe Capps

Brian Gilbert

Miguell Sheffield

Robert Kendall (Unified Partner)

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